Senior Center changes are on the way

The Traverse City Senior Center moved to its current location on Front Street in 1969 as an activity club.

Today, the center runs over one hundred programs and activities each year - and organizers say they want to be able to offer more.

After completing studies on the needs of the seniors who use the space and what the available economic options were, staff members decided the best plan at this point is to renovate the current building at the current location.

The next step is to get an architect on board to draw up plans with options for the site. Those plans will then need to be approved by the city commission and the county board. They encourage any input from the community!

Staff members say the renovations will help them remove the large poles throughout the building and add more moveable walls, and that this will let them to do more with not just seniors - but their family and friends.

"The senior center is a place for everybody," said Lori Wells, the Deputy Director of the Senior Center Network. "We see seniors here of course, but their family members bring the seniors into the center- to see them engaging with one another. We have young people out on the shuffleboard course and playing tennis and pickle ball. So even though it is a senior center, it definitely is used by all ages. So whether you use it now, or you're somebody that's going to use it later, it's definitely going to be a place for you at some point in your life- so come on and help make this program a success."

The Senior Center has enough start-up money already, but still needs to raise about $300,000. As said above, they hope to remove the posts and add more moveable walls, but they would also like to update their restrooms and kitchen, and make the entry way a more comfortable, usable area.

The senior center staff hopes to start the renovation next spring or summer.